Why You Should Be Careful When Selecting 4×4 Lumber

If you need 4x4s or other large posts, inspect them first. Why? Read on to find out!

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Inspect 4x4 Lumber Before Purchasing

If you need 4x4s or other large poles, please inspect them first. Because? Lots of them, especially 8ft. the posts, come from logs used for leafing, which are removed from the logs like paper towels from a roll, leaving only the center of the log.

The central "medulla" is the least stable part of the trunk and is very prone to twisting, cracking, and bowing. This is particularly true for treated 4x4s because the treatment exaggerates the deformation.

Examine the pile of posts in the center of the house and discard posts with goal-like end grain. Choose the straightest posts you can find, with the least amount of central cord.

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